By: Jack Borowsky | @Jack_Borowsky
Missouri right tackle leaves Missouri and declares for the 2021 NFL Draft
This college football season has been chaotic. This season has not been what fans are used to, from a delayed start to weekly opt-outs and cancellations. This led to a lot of players flying under the radar. Even in the SEC, the most talked about and watched sports conference on the planet; some players did not get the attention they deserved. Missouri offensive tackle Larry Borom fits that to a tee.
Missouri came into this season with a tough road ahead of them. They had just hired a new head coach in Eli Drinkwitz and had one of the hardest schedules in all of college football. The Tigers ended up finishing third in the SEC East overall. A big part of that success was the play up front, led by Borom at left tackle.
When watching film on the offensive line class over the summer, Borom stood out as one of the nation’s best. He checks in at right around 6-6, with excellent arm length. Not only that, Borom moves phenomenally well for a player upwards of 330 pounds. He has light feet, similar to that of a player 25 pounds lighter. It was shocking that he was not getting national attention with this type of skill-set.
Borom only gave up one sack on the season and held his own against some of the best edge defenders in the nation. On film, it was easy to see the progression Borom had made over the course of the season. He was light-years better at the end of the campaign. It looked like it clicked for him mentally and physically.
Going into the 2020 season, there was still some work to be done for Borom technically. He needed to improve his pad level and consistency in the footwork department. With the pandemic throwing things off, many expected players and especially offensive linemen to come back rusty. That was the case for most players.
Early on, pass rushers had their way with whoever was in front of them and it seemed like that would be the case when the SEC returned to the field. Borom looked like a whole new player, however. He was dominant in pass protection from the first snap of the season. His pad level improved, and though he was a great run blocker, he had developed into the best pass protector in the SEC.
It wasn’t until his fifth game that Borom even allowed a single pressure. The tape backed up his performances too. There were many wow blocks in both the run and pass game, and defensive ends looked frustrated and essentially gave up at times against him. Opponents couldn’t beat Borom with power, as he has unbelievable play strength but his bucket step and overall foot speed were so impressive, they couldn’t beat him with speed either.
After the season he had, Borom recently declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. It makes sense with how well he’s played over the last two seasons. It is a really strong tackle class but Borom deserves to be in the mix with the top names mentioned. He is a day one starter at right tackle for any team looking for help at the position.
Those types of players are hard to find, which will boost Borom’s stock. Once evaluators put on the film and see how well Borom did this season, he will skyrocket up draft boards and be considered one of the top tackles for the upcoming 2021 NFL draft.